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Choosing a divorce mediator

When California couples begin the divorce process, they may decide to go through mediation in an attempt to come to an agreement before going to court. Mediation has a number of advantages for those who can work together. However, finding the right mediator is imperative to making the divorce potentially easier.

One of the most important things is that the couple chooses a mediator that they both trust. Mediators should encourage both individuals to seek independent legal advice and to share thoughts and feelings during the sessions. If one or both parties do not trust the mediator, they should seek out someone else. Additionally, the mediator's practice should be firmly dedicated to divorce or related family matters.

It is also recommended that couples ensure that their mediator has education in dispute resolution. This way, they are more likely going to get the support they need while resolving any differences or grievances that resulted from the marriage. Finally, it can be costly to go through the divorce mediation process. However, it is usually more affordable than jumping straight to trial. Because most mediators bill by the hour, couples should request regular statements to ensure that they are being charged fairly. Otherwise, couples may also be able to find a mediator who charges a flat fee.

If a couple is heading for divorce but has a dispute over how to divide marital property or deal with custody of the children that resulted from the marriage, a mediator could potentially help. The divorce mediator may help guide the former couple to a resolution that both individuals may be happy with. This is usually done by having the two parties work together, airing their grievances until an agreement can be reached.

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